Course Description

LAW 717A/B - International Human Rights Clinic

The International Human Rights Clinic is a yearlong clinic that requires students to navigate international human rights law theory and practice in the service of real clients.  It has two components: clinical projects and a seminar. In groups of two to four students, clinic participants will collaborate with international human rights organizations on a variety of projects. By working with partner organizations to achieve their legal and advocacy goals, students will gain firsthand experience with international human rights lawyering and develop important skills in this regard. The seminar will provide the theoretical counterpart to students’ practical work. Through several modules, this seminar will map the field of international human rights advocacy; introduce students to some of the most contentious debates surrounding the theory and practice of international human rights law; provide students with the tools they will need to identify and address ethical concerns in the practice of international human rights law; and sharpen lawyering skills relevant to their clinic projects. The seminar will be held weekly in the first semester and every two weeks in the second semester. Enrollment is limited to 8 students and admission to the clinic is by application, with applications available online and due on July 9, 2013. A demonstrated background in international human rights law is required. There will be no international travel for the clinic this year. This clinic fulfills the professional responsibility requirement for the State of California.

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2014 - 2015

Skills Courses; Criminal Law and Procedure; International & Comparative Law - International, Comparative, and Foreign Law; International & Comparative Law - International Human Rights; Professional Responsibility & The Legal Profession; Critical Race Studies; Public Interest Law and Policy;